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Maldives Throws a Surprise in Presidential Elections:

Paper No. 5604                      Dated 17-Nov-2013

By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan.

Though not totally unexpected, Maldives threw a surprise in electing Abdullah Yameen in the run off to the presidential elections held on November 16, 2013.

The elections saw an unprecedented polling of close to 90.3 percent with the PPM candidate Abdulla Yameen securing 110,371 votes ( 51.61 percent) as against Mohamad Nasheed of MDP gathering 48.39 percent with 103,500 votes.

Maldives: Supreme Court Intervenes Again in Presidential Elections:

Paper No. 5601         Dated 12-Nov- 2013

By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan

It was a sad day for democracy in Maldives when the Supreme Court without much of a hearing or discussion of legal issues, annulled the resolution of Majlis ( Parliament) of the Speaker taking over the interim administration on 11th of November in the absence of an elected President and until a new incumbent is elected.

Maldives: Some Positive developments:

Paper No 5588           Dated 20-Oct-2013

By Dr. S. Chandrasekharan

Recent Developments in Maldives seem to have upset the international community and rightly so. When all the international observers termed the first and now annulled elections of September 7 as fair and credible, the Supreme Court took the extreme step of not only annulling the elections, but also giving specific guide lines to another constitutional body- here the Election Commission as to how the election should be conducted.

Maldives: Police Stop Presidential Elections

Paper No. 5584                                 Dated 20-Oct-2013

By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan

Strange it may sound, but it is true! -the Police in Maldives unilaterally prevented the Election Commission from conducting fresh elections on the 19th this month on the ground that it was being held in contravention of the Supreme Court verdict and the guide lines issued.  

Maldives: Supreme Court’s "over reach" in the conduct of Presidential Elections:

Paper No. 5580                Dated 17-Oct-2010

By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan.

Will anyone believe that the highest court in Maldives has met three times at midnight in the last three weeks to give executive directions to the Elections Commission in the conduct of the presidential elections?

Maldives: PPM Tries to prevent Nasheed from Contesting:

Paper No. 5578    Dated 11-Oct-2013

By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan.

"We are a democracy on a ventilator- desperately gasping for life." Jeehan Golhu

Maldives: Supreme Court Annuls first round of Presidential Elections:

Paper No. 5576                           Dated  8-Oct-2013

By Dr. S. Chandrasekharan

After two postponements in the same day ( 7 September), the Supreme Court of Maldives, finally announced its verdict, annulling the first round of Presidential Elections.

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